This is an archive of the Treatment Action Campaign's public documents from December 1998 until October 2008. I created this website because the TAC's website appears unmaintained and people were concerned that it
was becoming increasingly hard to find important documents.

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The period covered by the archive encompassed the campaign for HIV medicines, the civil disobedience campaigns, the Competition Commission complaints, the 2008 xenophobic violence and the PMTCT, Khayelitsha health workers and Matthias Rath court cases.

ARASA submission on Substance Abuse Bill

The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa has made a submission to Parliament on the Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Bill. The TAC endorses their submission. The submission starts:

In February 2007, the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) made a written submission to the Department of Social Development (DSD) on the draft Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Bill (“the draft Bill”). While some of our detailed submissions have indeed been taken into account by the DSD in its revision of the draft legislation, the Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Bill [B 12—2008] (“the tabled Bill”) also fails –

  • To acknowledge that substance use is a chronic and relapsing medical condition;
  • Sufficiently to recognize the links between substance use, HIV/AIDS and
    other infectious diseases; and
  • To include key interventions to prevent and treat substance use and its
    associated harms.

The purpose of this submission is twofold. First, it briefly identifies the key
substantive issues addressed in our previous submission that remain relevant.
Second, it considers the recommendations made in the previous submission that
have not been – but should still be – addressed by the tabled Bill. In so doing, this
submission makes recommendations on proposed amendments to the text of
specific provisions of the tabled Bill.